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Report: Spike TV Cancels Impact Wrestling

By Allison Moore

Washington, D.C. (July 29, 2014) -- Spike TV has cancelled the TNA Wrestling live action show, Impact Wrestling, after nearly nine years on the air, reports TMZ.com.

The web site writes that Spike TV officials contacted TNA president Dixie Carter last week to inform her that the network would not be renewing its contract for the show when it expired in October.

TMZ adds that it's unclear if the wrestling program will continue through October or be pulled from the schedule earlier.

Impact Wrestling, which launched on Spike TV in October 2005, airs on Thursday nights on the network. The show has been an important marketing tool for TNA Wrestling as it battles the WWE for wrestling fans' attention.

WrestlingNewsWorld.com reports that an episode of Impact Wrestling recently generated more than 1.4 million viewers, which is not bad for a Spike TV show. But Spike has consistently tinkered with its format and may have concluded that the wrestling show didn't fit any longer.

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